Patent model for printers' furniture

Description (Brief)
This patent model demonstrates an invention for adjustable furniture that was intended to replace sidesticks, quoins, and loose furniture; the invention was granted patent number 151883. The device was pulled open to the desired width and locked in that position by driving wedges under two of the feet, which slid in grooves on their side bar.
Currently not on view
Object Name
manufacture, printers furniture
date made
ca 1874
patent date
Kearney, James A.
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
overall: 2.2 cm x 28 cm x 12 cm; 7/8 in x 11 in x 4 3/4 in
ID Number
accession number
patent number
catalog number
See more items in
Culture and the Arts: Graphic Arts
Industry & Manufacturing
Patent Models
Patent Models, Graphic Arts
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Visitor Comments

Add a comment about this object

**Please read before submitting the form**

Have a comment or question about this object to share with the community? Please use the form below. Selected comments will appear on this page and may receive a museum response (but we can't promise). Please note that we generally cannot answer questions about the history, rarity, or value of your personal artifacts.

Have a question about anything else, or would you prefer a personal response? Please visit our FAQ or contact page.

Personal information will not be shared or result in unsolicited e-mail. See our privacy policy.

Enter the characters shown in the image.